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Friday, March 16, 2012

When it comes to the common faith of spiritual human beings, sometimes the best approach is to try and understand all that we have in common.

In that regard, a New York City-based organization that melds Judaism with evangelical Christian faith to help further the understanding of the Jewish context of the gospel of Jesus will stage special presentations in Schuylkill and Carbon counties in the coming days.

Friday, March 16, 2012

According to its website, Chosen People Ministries exists "to pray for, evangelize, disciple, and serve Jewish people everywhere and to help fellow believers do the same."

The mission was founded in Brooklyn, New York in 1894 by Rabbi Leopold Cohn, a Hungarian Jewish immigrant with a zeal to share the knowledge of Yeshua (Jesus) the Messiah with God's chosen people.

Friday, March 9, 2012
The Curtain Call Players' 1975 cast of 'Deadwood Dick.' The Panther Valley theater troupe staged large, madcap productions.

Curtain up! Light the lights! They had nothing to hit but the heights!

Nearly 40 years ago, a fun-loving, fast-moving theater troupe took control of local stages and dazzled audiences with music, song and laughter.

The Panther Valley-based Curtain Call Players was a collection of avant-garde personalities who lived the arts and weren't afraid to take chances. Their shows emphasized wild theatrics complemented by a backdrop of laughs. That's because members decided early on that their mission would be a journey of fun.

Friday, March 9, 2012

Among the officers, directors and technical staff of the 100-member troupe:

President and producer: Howard Sinclair

Vice president: William Bynon

Recording secretary: Paula Lesko

Treasurer: Jane Forrest

Corresponding secretary: Dolores Zale

Resident director: George Miller

Vice president, drama: Alice Mansbury

Vice president, stage: Beth Forgay

Vice president, building: Mike Nonnemacher

Tickets: Mary Ciganek, Louise Gray

Season chairs: Kay Webb, Sagemary Perkins

Membership: Stephanie Pharo

Saturday, March 3, 2012
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/TIMES NEWS Lauri Price, RN, St. Luke's Miners Memorial Hospital, talks to residents and students about the the incretin system and its role in type 2 diabetes as well as medication side effects during a class held recently at the Morgan Campus, LCCC, in Tamaqua.

"To learn a lifestyle of change that will make living with diabetes manageable."

That's the explanation Lauri Price, an RN at St. Luke's Miners Memorial Hospital, Coaldale, uses to describe the purpose of a new 10-hour diabetes education program being taught at various locations in Schuylkill and Carbon county by members of the St. Luke's Miners Diabetes Education Center.

Friday, March 2, 2012
DONALD R. SERFASS/TIMES NEWS It looks like a church, but it isn't one, and never was. The building along Grier Avenue in Grier City is the historic 1885 Union Sabbath School, a facility in need of support from a new wave of volunteers.

For 127 years, it's filled a special role as the area's only non-denominational forum for celebration, bible study and community spirit.

Today, its future is unclear.

Membership has dwindled at the Grier City Union Sabbath School and adult volunteers are needed to keep the doors open.

Right now, three women and a handful of helpers are doing their best to maintain the site - Loretta Beltz, Quakake, Edie Messerschmidt, Grier City, and Georgine Clemens, Still Creek.

Saturday, February 25, 2012
HEATHER BACSICK/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS Front row, left to right: Jim Thorpe National Night Out Logo Contest Winners Alaura Gonzalez and Josh Guth. Back row, left to right: Jim Thorpe Area High School Principal, Thomas Lesisko; NNO Coordinator, Cindy Henning; Jim Thorpe Mayor Michael Sofranko; Jim Thorpe Police Chief Joseph Schatz; and Jim Thorpe Community Watch Coordinator, Jamie Solomon. NNO is a crime and drug prevention event that takes place in communities all over the country. Jim Thorpe will be having a NNO event on August 7th.

Two Jim Thorpe Area students were the winners of a logo contest for the Jim Thorpe National Night Out. The winners were Alaura Gonzalez, 8th grade student of Penn-Kidder, and Josh Guth, 12th grade student of Jim Thorpe Area High School.

National Night Out (NNO) is a crime and drug prevention event that has taken place in communities all over the country. NNO is designed to heighten crime and drug prevention awareness and strengthen relationships between the community and law enforcement.

Jim Thorpe will be holding its own National Night Out event on August 7th.

Friday, February 24, 2012
DONALD R. SERFASS/TIMES NEWS Lansford Police Officer Brian Horos, left, and Officer Chris Ondrus, display the pencil etching of fallen Officer Morgan Morgans' engraved name as seen on the Fallen Officers Memorial, Washington, D. C.

From the very inception of the Borough of Lansford, its officers of the law have forged a reputation for going the extra mile to protect and serve borough residents.

So it was no surprise when town council immediately called a meeting to deal with the loss of the only Lansford policeman to die in the line of duty. Officer Morgan Morgans ended his watch and left this world about 4 a.m. on October 9, 1912, two hours after suffering a single gunshot wound to the forehead. He had gone to investigate a reported break-in at the Ridge House, a downtown tavern and residence.

Friday, February 24, 2012
SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS/COURTESY WILLIAM MORGANS In the only known photo of Morgan Morgans, he is seen standing in the rear, fourth from the left, wearing a white football uniform.

William Morgans, grandson of slain Officer Morgan Morgans, has studied the tragedy for years. He believes the reputed Molly Maguires had a direct hand in his grandfather's death. The Mollies were Irish immigrant coal miners accused in a string of murders and assaults throughout the southern coalfields beginning about the time of the Civil War.

Saturday, February 18, 2012